'There is no mountain we can't conquer' - Geje Eustaquio open to all options after controversial loss to Moraes
Santino Honasan on Jan 26, 2019 11:27 AM
"It’s time to get back to the drawing board. It hurts, it hurts to smile, but we are the people of the mountains, there’s no mountain we cannot conquer."
Friday night at ONE: Hero's Ascent, the fans at the Mall of Asia Arena erupted out of there seats as the final seconds ticked off in the fifth round of the ONE Flyweight World Championship bout between Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes.
After watching the two top-tier flyweights go at it for five rounds, the fans believed that their hometown hero had done enough to earn a clear decision win.
The raucous cheers turned into boos and then stunned silence when cage announcer Dom Lau uttered the words "AND NEW!"
For the second time in six days, the Philippines' premier mixed martial arts stable had dropped a world title after a questionable decision, with former strawweight king Joshua Pacio falling short in his title defense in Jakarta just six days prior.
At the post-fight presser, Eustaquio was visibly disheartened, but as is the case with Team Lakay, continued to keep a positive outlook after the heartbreaking result.
"Sorry, Pilipinas, if I didn’t make it tonight, but in my mind, I thought I’m winning the fight, but it’s part of it," he told the media. "Life is up down, tonight is not my night, it’s Adriano’s night, but the road doesn’t end there, the road doesn’t stop there."
"I’ve been through it before. Remember, ladies and gentlemen? 0-5 before, and last year was four titles," Eustaquio continued, alluding to the time that they lost all five of their fights at the Mall of Asia Arena and last year, when the captured four ONE world titles. "It’s time to get back to the drawing board. It hurts, it hurts to smile, but we are the people of the mountains, there’s no mountain we cannot conquer."
With all things considered, including ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong's comments about the Pacio-Yosuke Saruta decision, it would be easy to argue that Eustaquio was the winner of the bout, and with the highly-contested decision against Moraes, the Filipino star should be in line for an immediate rematch.
For Eustaquio however, he admits that he would not mind not getting a fourth meeting with Moraes right away, and instead work his way back up.
"Maybe maganda if ibang putahe naman. But, if he will be the undisputed world champion in my division, give me enough time and I’m pretty sure, if he’s still the undisputed world champion, we will meet again."
Of course, the final call will remain with Sityodtong and ONE's matchmakers. If that's the case, "Gravity" says that he's more than willing.
"If you think, if you believe that the fourth time is worth it, then please ask the boss. I’m willing to do it."
"But if you think it’s not worth it, then as I said, I’m a people of the mountain, there is no mountain we cannot conquer. I can go with the grand prix, or I have better opportunities in other divisions," he concluded.